The Morning Update for Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Hi all, here’s your Morning Update for Thursday, August 11, 2016:


‘Empire’ Duo Developing Fox Comedy Starring Ms. Pat
Empire’s Lee Daniels and Brian Grazer have sold a half-hour single-camera entry starring stand-up comedian Ms. Pat to Fox. The untitled comedy has landed at Fox with a hefty put-pilot commitment and is based on Ms. Pat’s stand-up comedy and forthcoming memoir that tells the story of an unlikely suburban mom. Alyson Fouse will pen the script and executive produce the 20th Century Fox Television comedy alongside Grazer, Daniels, Francie Calfo, Pam Williams and Effie Brown.

JonBenet Ramsey TV Movie Set at Lifetime
Eion Bailey will star as the detective who investigated the case.

‘Zoo’ picked up for Season 3 at CBS
CBS has renewed its summer drama series “Zoo” for a third season. “Zoo” is the best performer of the three original dramas CBS is airing this summer. The network has yet to make a decision on “American Gothic,” which is averaging a 0.6 same-day rating thus far, or “BrainDead,” the lowest-rated of the three at 0.5.


‘Time After Time’: Jennifer Ferrin Joins Kevin Williamson ABC Drama
Hell on Wheels alumna Jennifer Ferrinhas booked a series regular role in Kevin Williamson’s new ABCtime-travel drama Time After Time, set to premiere midseason.

Jennifer Lopez to Play Drug Lord Griselda Blanco in HBO TV Movie
The ‘Shades of Blue’ star also will executive produce the TV movie.

Robert Kirkman’s ‘Outcast’ Adds M.C. Gainey, Madelyn Deutch & Hoon Lee
M.C. Gainey (Django Unchained), Madelyn Deutch (Texas Rising), and Hoon Lee (Banshee) have joined the Season 2 cast of Cinemaxexorcism drama Outcastfrom The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkmanand Chris Black.

‘Homeland’ Casts Pair for Key Season 6 Roles
Limitless star Hill Harper joins the previously cast Elizabeth Marvel. The Flash actor Patrick Sabongui will team up with Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison.


Sling TV will stream football games via NFL Network and NFL RedZone
Sling TV has added the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to its offerings; Sling Blue customers will automatically receive the NFL Network and those who want NFL RedZone can pay an extra $5 per month for the add-on "Sports Extra" package.

Turner Invests $45 Million in Refinery29, Expanding Its Digital Reach
Turner continues looking outside the TV box for new investments in original video content. The Time Warner company is leading a $45 million funding round in Refinery29, the digital media company focused on millennial women. Much as it did with its investment earlier this year in Mashable, Turner plans to use its own content development, data, ad sales and technology to enhance Refinery29’s reach.

CBS ‘Toying’ With Commercial-Free All Access Option
CBS is considering creating a commercial-free option for its subscription streaming service CBS All Access.


Amazon Unzips Docuseries ‘American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story’
Amazon has greenlighted the 13-episode docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which will draw from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and 2,600-plus scrapbooks from Hef’s personal archives.

Fuse ignites Drum Corps docuseries
Fuse is preparing an eight-part docuseries about US marching bands to air later in the year. Clash of the Corps is being executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia along with 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch.

‘Big Brother’ renewed through Season 20 on CBS
CBS has already doubled down on “Big Brother” for 2016, and now it’s extending the franchise’s life for two more years.


BBC Two brings comedy trio to new strand
BBC Two has commissioned three more sitcoms for its soon-to-start ‘New on Two’ strand. “Hate-filled comedy” Our Ex Wife follows Robert Webb (Peep Show) as a divorcee who has found happiness with a new fiancée (Melanie Lynskey), only for his unhinged ex-wife and mother of his children to enter the scene, determined to wreck the relationship.The Simpsons writer Julie Thacker Scully is writer and creator, with Ben Taylor (Catastrophe) directing.

Court duty-themed comedy We the Jury follows a mismatched group of jurors, who constantly get distracted from the murder trial on which they are supposed to focus. Stand-up James Acaster wrote the series, with Taylor again attached as director. The Coopers Vs the Rest is a family comedy starring Tanya Franks (Pulling) and Paterson Joseph as they raise three adopted children. Andy Wolton wrote the series with Declan Lowney (Father Ted) directing.


Main Street Electrical Parade to end run at Walt Disney World; return to Disneyland
The beloved Main Street Electrical parade returns to California in 2016.


(q&a) TV Titans Roundtable: 5 Chiefs Spar Over the Future (and Netflix’s Role as Arch-Frenemy)
Q: Ted, Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down is said to have cost you $120 million. He maintained it’s not the most expensive TV series ever, but is that figure accurate?

TED SARANDOS: He quickly threw The Crown [an upcoming Netflix drama about the royal family] under the bus. (Laughs.)

BONNIE HAMMER: But that’s starting to absolutely kill us poor people here in basic cable. We have wonderfully talented producers and suppliers, people like Sam Esmail [Mr. Robot] doing a great job, who all of a sudden hear what these guys [at Netflix] are paying and are coming in and going like this (puts hands out). And if we want to keep amazing talent, it’s raising our bar in terms of what we have to put out.

CBS’ Glenn Geller Admits to Diversity Problem: "We Need To Do Better"
"In terms of leads, we are definitely less diverse this year than we were last year."

Arianna Huffington To Exit The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington announced today that she’s leaving her news and lifestyle focused website, The Huffington Post, to focus on a soon-to-launch wealth and wellness platform Thrive Global.

Thomas Gibson Suspended From ‘Criminal Minds’ Over On-Set Altercation
Criminal Mindsstar Thomas Gibson has been suspended for at least one and likely two episodes after a physical altercation with a writer-producer on the set of the CBScrime drama.


Vulture: What Do Computers Know About Plot?
Matthew Jockers, a professor of “comparative text analysis,” built a program that grouped more than 40,000 books into six essential plots. He added one more in a forthcoming book, co-written with Jodie Archer, called The Bestseller Code — a big-data take on why some books sell so much better than others.

HBR: The 30 Things Customers Really Value
While what constitutes “value” can be nuanced and vary from person to person, my colleagues and I have identified 30 universal building blocks of value that meet fundamental human needs. These are basic attributes of a product or service that address four kinds of needs: function, emotion, life changes, and social impact.